Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3YY England
The story of Wilkinson Hardware defines DIY, and not just because the do-it-yourself trend has made the business a success and has allowed it to ride out hard economic times. Founded in Leicester in 1930, Wilkinson Hardware Stores operates more than 350 home and garden shops throughout England and Wales. Each of its locations sells some 25,000 products. Wilko, as the company is known, is one of the largest privately-held companies in the UK. The business is led by the founding Wilkinson family. J.K. Wilkinson founded the original store after gathering the seed money by saving £1 a week from his wages for nearly six years.